Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds

Ellsworth, Maine 4605

Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds

Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds Professional Review and Guide

"The Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land encompasses 15,479 acres in the towns of Franklin and Sullivan and the unorganized townships of T9 SD and T10 SD. Central to the preserve and popular with canoeists, boaters, and campers is the namesake Donnell Pond, hemmed in by the walls of Schoodic and Black mountains. North of ME 182, the preserve includes much of the north and east shores of pristine Tunk Lake, the entirety of Spring River Lake, and a number of small remote ponds, some 6,915 acres in all.

Rising high over this northern section is Tunk Mountain, a spectacular 1,157-foot peak offering extensive alpine areas, wide-open granite ledges, and far-reaching views. Five miles of trails reach to scenic highpoints on Tunk Mountain and to Salmon, Mud, and Little River ponds. This hike visits the entire trail system and all of its attendant natural features."

More Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds Professional Reviews and Guides

"Tunk Mountain lies north of Tunk Lake, surrounded by a group of ponds. The hike to the summit passes Salmon and Mud Ponds. The return hike passes Little Long Pond. The trail climbs, steeply at times, to the open, south-facing ledges on Tunk Mountain’s summit ridge, then over the ridge to a cliff top on the mountain’s north side.

The trail does not actually cross the peak, which is at the west end of the summit ridge. The hike offers fine views in every direction from the summit ridge: south and east along the coast, west toward Blue Hill and the Camden Hills, and north across the endless lowlands of the Penobscot Valley and the Downeast forest."

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Trail Information

Ellsworth
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.9
Distance
1,060 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Skiing
Additional Use
Donnell Pond Public Reserved Lands (parksandlands.com; 207-941-4412)
Local Contacts
USGS Tunk Mountain; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 24 (DeLorme); Tunk Mountain and Hidden Ponds Hike (posted at trailhead kiosk)
Local Maps

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Oct 2018